New Belgium just keeps winning awards. New Belgium Brewing Co. was recently honored by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which represents more than 200,000 businesses nationwide. The business received a SUSTY award, which ASBC proffers annually to recognize exemplary leadership in driving forward policies that help build a more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable America.
“The SUSTY, short for Sustainable Policymakers Award, acknowledges the important and ground breaking work that policymakers and businesses across the nation are pursuing to create a 21st century economy built on principles of shared prosperity, environmental protection, and social justice,” said Richard Eidlin, ASBC VP of policy & campaigns, who presented the awards.
“Through its actions, New Belgium Brewing stands as a great example of what a triple bottom line company looks like. Whether it’s producing high quality, non-GMO craft beer, taking great care of its employees, or standing up for clean water, the Fort Collins, Colo.-based firm is a leader in sustainability. New Belgium started its employee stock ownership plan back in 2000 and in January 2013 became 100 percent employee-owned. In 2008, New Belgium was named the best place to work in America by Outside magazine, due in part to the brewery’s efforts to ensure the wellness of its employees. On the policy front, New Belgium has worked closely with ASBC to make the case that ‘clean water is good for business,” Eidlin said.
ASBC presented the awards at its third annual Business Summit in Washington, D.C., Nov. 12-14, at its kickoff reception. Information about the summit may be found here.